• Ed Gaines

The First Black Superintendent In West Point's History

LTG Darryl Williams is the first black Superintendent in West Point's 216-year history. For the first time in its 216-year history.


Lieutenant General Darryl A. Williams is a native of Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, in 1983 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.



Williams graduated from the United States Military Academy in December 1983 and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Field Artillery. His first assignment was an executive officer and fire direction officer Schweinfurt, Germany, with the 3rd Infantry Division. Next, Williams was assigned to XVIII Airborne Corps, deploying to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was then assigned to West Point as a Tactical Officer. Later, Williams served in various command positions in Europe, including commander of United States Army Africa in Vicenza, Italy; deputy chief of staff G3/5/7 of the United States Army in Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany; and commanding general of the United States Army Warrior Transition Command and assistant surgeon general for Warrior Care and Transition.

In 2014, Williams was tapped by President Barack Obama to manage the United States' response to the West African Ebola virus epidemic.



He previously served as the Commander, Allied Land Command, from 24 June 2016 to 29 June 2018.


Now West Point is commanded by a black superintendent. Lieutenant General Darryl A. Williams got the call to lead the United States Military Academy July 2, 2018 as the 60th superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. #BlackHistory







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